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Who is Ginger Black?

Gaynor Pengelly and Julia Thum are a writing partnership bound together by a love of words and a passion for story telling.

Set in Bray-on-Thames, Gaynor & Julia's first novel, Riverside Lane, has received high praise and been described as the next ‘Marigold Hotel'.


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We are very excited to learn that our publisher has received a big order from the US!

We're wondering if this is the royal wedding Mehan Markle effect - our cozy mystery is set in and around Windsor where the royal couple will be tying the knot

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The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step!

When we set off down the road to writing Riverside Lane we had no greater ambition than to tell a story that entertained, intrigued and amused us.

Now our path to publication has ended, and our tale has travelled from our imaginations into the public domain. Riverside Lane is now ‘on the map’and we are busy writing the next in the series which will be set upstream in Cookham - watch the space.

Thank you so much to those of you who have joined us on our journey, and a huge welcome to those who have just come onboard!

Riverside Lane Ebook on Amazon

Riverside Lane ebook is available on Amazon - order yours today and please, if you enjoy it, don't forget to file a book review, it makes such a difference!

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Paperback Now In All Good Bookshops!

Riverside Lane paperback edition is now available on line, in all good bookshops and at your local library. Get your copy now, and please, if you enjoy it, don't forget to give us a review on either Amazon or Good Reads.

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Kickstarter Update

The Kickstarter campaign for Riverside Lane was a great success, with over 700 copies of the novel sold, and our £9,000 target exceeded. Very many thanks to everybody who pledged to make this possible.

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The Mail on Sunday

We’re excited to report that the The Mail on Sunday recently featured a story about Ginger Black and Momentum Book’s collaboration with Kickstarter to crowdfund the publishing of Riverside Lane.

You can read the article by clicking the link below.

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Latest Blog Post

  1. Our Ten Favourite Places Julia Thum 09-Oct-2017
  2. Our Writing Partnership Julia Thum 15-May-2017
  3. The Wisdom of Crowds Julia Thum 20-Apr-2017
  4. Following in the Family Tradition Julia Thum 31-Mar-2017
  5. Lovely Review in Towpath Talk Julia Thum 21-Mar-2017

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Congratulations it really is a vivid, beautifully written page turner that was perfect holiday reading.

Tessa Collinson, Director - British Film Awards

A lovely, witty slice of middle class English village life a la M.C Beaton!

Sally Hamilton, Mail on Sunday

Every sentence was exquisitely written, the next ‘Marigold Hotel'

Wendy Leavesley, actor, presenter

The only good thing about being stuck in bed for 3 days with the flu is that I got to finish Riverside Lane! I enjoyed it sooo much and was very sorry when it ended.

Cecilia Del Favero, Television Producer

A lovely read with a group of characters who simultaneously charm and dismay you with their all too realistic human foibles.  An endearing tale of villagers not so different from the rest of us.  Just enough mystery to make this a definite page turner. *****

Amazon Review
Jerome K Jerome, meets Miss Read in Midsommer. This book deserves to be a massive hit!
Amazon Review

Like Agatha Christie on steroids! 

Christine Shaw, Author of The Baker's Daughter

The literary equivalent to a glass of Pimms!

Good Reads Review

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